Who are the Half Century Trojans?

Half Century Trojans are a vibrant community that includes all USC alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree alumni) who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, Half Century Trojans are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and to strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni across generations.

The organization offers all senior USC alumni a variety of programs designed to stimulate university-related interest, participation and engagement. Annual signature events include Going Back to College Day in the winter and the Half Century Trojans Luncheon in the fall.

Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession

On May 10, 2019, the University of Southern California and the USC Alumni Association invite all Half Century Trojans — USC alumni who earned a degree (including a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and/or professional degree) from any college or university at least 50 years ago — to attend the 136th Annual Commencement ceremony and to march with fellow Half Century Trojans in the academic procession.

Join us at Widney Alumni House at 7:15 a.m. for a continental breakfast. Then, at 8:00 a.m. sharp, you will be escorted to the procession assembly area to march with the faculty column. Your spouse/partner is welcome to attend, and they will be escorted to a special reserved seating area in Alumni Park prior to the academic procession.

Check out our USCAA Flickr page to view photos from previous years.

We hope you will participate in this beloved USC tradition – click here to RSVP.

Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day

On February 20, 2019, exemplary members of the Half Century Trojans were welcomed back to college by the USC Alumni Association. These alumni, who graduated 50 or more years ago, enjoyed a day on campus reconnecting with former classmates and experiencing the exciting USC of today. Attendees heard from transformative faculty and key administrators while reminiscing with old friends and upholding the university traditions and ideals that form the Trojan Family.

Check out our USCAA Flicker page for the event photo album.

 9:15 a.m. – Check-In / Breakfast | Town & Gown

Pick up your welcome packet and enjoy a continental breakfast.

9:50 a.m. – University Welcome | Town & Gown

Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08, associate senior vice president for alumni relations, welcomes the Half Century Trojans back to campus.

 

 

 

10:30 a.m. – Class 1 in Session | Ronald Tutor Campus Center
11:30 a.m. – Class 2 in Session | Ronald Tutor Campus Center

(choose two from the options below)

Real Estate and the Aging Population

Featuring Caroline Cicero MSWMP ’95, PhD ’10, instructional associate professor of gerontology and director of the USC Age Friendly University Initiative, USC Davis School of Gerontology

 

 

Heroism in Hollywood: Resistance to Nazism, Fascism, and Anti-Semitism

Featuring Steve Ross, Myron and Marian Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life and professor of history, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

 

USC Then and Now: A Glimpse into History

Featuring Jerry Papazian ’77, past president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and former USC trustee

 

 

Is There a Ceiling on Life Expectancy?

Featuring Jennifer Ailshire, assistant professor of gerontology and sociology, USC Davis School of Gerontology

 

 

12:30 p.m. – Lunch | Ronald Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom

Featuring a special presentation by Jovan Vavic, head coach, USC Water Polo

 

 

 

2:00 p.m. – After-School Campus Walking Tours (optional, 50-60 minutes)

Take a tour of three campus highlights: Heritage Hall and the John McKay Center at USC, Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, or Dr. Arthur C. Bartner Pavilion in the USC Lyon Center.

Hall of Fame Luncheon 2018

On October 23, we recognized six remarkable individuals, each of whom exemplify the ideals of the Trojan Family and have made significant impacts in the fields of medicine, philanthropy, classical music, consulting and engineering, respectively. We also presented the Distinguished Service Award to a dedicated Half Century Trojans board member and USC Trustee Lorna Young Reed.

Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to our 2018 honorees!

Check out photos from the event below!

2018 Half Century Hall of Fame Luncheon

2018 Hall of Fame Honorees


James J. Femino MD ’61

Retired Orthopedic Surgeon

Sue Femino ’61

Retired Dental Hygienist

Morten Lauridsen ’66, MA ’68, DMA ’74

Composer and Distinguished Professor at USC Thornton School of Music

Shari Thorell ’65

President, ST Enterprises, Inc.

Gloria Wilson ’64, MS ’66

Retired Engineer, Hughes Aircraft

2018 Distinguished Service Award

Lorna Young Reed ’58

Past President, Half Century Trojans

A special Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

USC Credit Union Logo

 

Dann V. Angeloff

Dr. Jim and Sue Femino

Lorna and Chuck Reed

D. Kenneth Richardson

 

*As of 10/10/2018

The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

A merit-based scholarship, the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. Your gift will help ensure that a USC education remains within reach for the children and grandchildren of alumni who want to make USC a family tradition. Currently 20 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Contact the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement by calling (213) 740-4990 or visit dornsife.usc.edu/giving to make a donation.

Applicants

The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.

To learn more about the application process, email tanyamor@usc.edu or hctrojans@usc.edu or call 213.740.2300 for more information.

 

The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.

 

Contribute

Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106

If you have any questions regarding your contribution, please contact Kate Fergusson, associate director of engagement programs, at 213-740-2300 or hct@usc.edu

Board

Officers
Alli Lockwood Solum ’59, President
Jim Childs ’61, Past President
Robert Frinier ’63, MBA ’69, President-Elect
Janet Tonkovich ’64, Recording Secretary
Joan Torribio ’64, Corresponding Secretary

Directors
Jay Vari Berger ’66
Sara Jane Bettge ’66
Robert Brockmeier ’63
Jack Conley ’60
Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65
Miller Fong ’64
Robert Frinier ’63
Carlos Galindo ’65
Donald K. Garner ’66
Hugh Helm ’62
Neil B. Martin ’64
James O’Toole ’66
Priscilla Partridge de Garcia ’63
Patricia Chan Poon ’65
Marilyn McLarnan Thomas ’63

Advisors
Paul Alwine ’62
Dann V. Angeloff ’58, MBA ’63*
Cornie Goodwin Baer ’59
Dee Dee Moffat Freeman Brewer ’61
Dan Cassidy ’59*
Pat Chapman ’49
Robert Clifford ’55
Robert H. Davis ’50
Sharon Monahan DeBriere ’55
Candy Allen Duncan ’52
Sue Masi Femino ’61
Bill Hare ’60
Jack Head ’51
Rita K. Holman ’50
Tommy Kuenster ’57
Violet Lorenzen ’51
Jim Maddux ’56*
Jim Manos ’54
Mary Kotsikos Manos ’58
Mary Memory ’62
Katherine Mosley Moore ’55
Wilma Pinder ’62
Lorna Young Reed ’58*
Paul T. Salata ’49
Sue Corwin Schaar ’56
Gretchen Slininger Schumacher ’58
*Half Century Trojans Past President

President Emeriti
Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group for more than five years after their presidential tenure.
Mary Kay Arbuthnot ’46
Jea Morf Baran ’48
Seymour Canter ’55
Edsel Curry ’47
Janet Ewart Eddy ’53
Jim Eddy ’52
Mildred Carman Farnsworth ’46
Terry Pearson ’53
Albert D. Shonk ’54

University Advisor 
Tanya Moran
Associate Director, Generational Programs
USC Alumni Association

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.

 

Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.

 Email tanyamor@usc.edu or call (213) 740-2300 for more information.

Important Dates:

*Dates and events are subject to change

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Board Meeting
Widney Alumni House

Saturday, May 4, 2019
USC Day of SCupport
Online

Saturday, May 4, 2019
86th Annual USC Alumni Awards
Intercontinental Hotel

Friday, May 10, 2019
Half Century Trojans Reception and Commencement Procession
Widney Alumni House and Alumni Park

June, 2019 TBD
HCT Board Party
TBD